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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for May 6 to 8

Talhia Macneil, "Highway 5" as part of "Exhibition No. 6."

Friday, May 6
This is the last day to see the exciting works of some of Ottawa’s emerging photographers at Red Wall Gallery. “Exhibition No. 6” is a unique collection by students in the Portfolio Program at the School for Photographic Arts Ottawa (SPAO). In a city known for inspiring Yousuf Karsh, these students have learned to hone their craft and express their personal style.

Gather your most fabulous friends and hit up the Glamour in the Glebe Jewellery Show for two evenings of jewels and gemstones. All the bling you can imagine is on offer by more than 30 designers, so expect to come home with that perfect something special for yourself or someone else (Mother’s Day, anyone?). The Friday night opening is $5 admission and includes a jewellery fashion show and refreshments, while the Saturday event is free.

Linda Eder plays the songs of Judy Garland.

Saturday, May 7
Many associate Judy Garland with Wizard of Oz, but in A Tribute to Judy Garland, award-winning vocalist Linda Eder, maestro Jack Everly, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra take the audience through the late star’s most memorable tunes, from “Me and My Shadow” to “You Made Me Love You.” Also takes place on Friday.

Canadian band The Sheepdogs play Barrymore’s tonight and with Bachman & Turner on Sunday. These guys from Saskatoon have made a name for themselves, nabbing one of the top four spots in Rolling Stone‘s first-ever “Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star” competition. The winner of the competition will be the first band or artist not signed with a major label to appear on the cover of the magazine, while also receiving a recording deal with Atlantic Records and a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Be sure to check out The Sheepdogs in Ottawa before they really hit it big.

Are you trying to show your kids how to be more environmentally conscious? Today and Sunday, make a visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature to watch These Enchanted Woods, an original 35-minute theatre piece by the Young Actors Company. In the Enchanted Woods, the mysterious Snag, now a mere branch off a once tall and mighty Ash Tree, dedicates herself to organizing a Sacred Event, inviting the most ancient trees of the world to perform for a group of humans. Her quest is to convince humanity once and for all about the Great Worth of a Tree, but then an uninvited guest arrives… (Multiple shows on Saturday and Sunday).

"Spirit of the Marathon" plays at Mayfair Theatre.

Sunday, May 8
In preparation for Ottawa Race Weekend at the end of May, check out Spirit of the Marathon. On view at the Mayfair Theatre, this film captures the unique stories of six runners from North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia who are preparing for the Chicago Marathon.

Canadian funny guy Shaun Majumder has been cracking people up since his days on the kids’ channel YTV. Since then, he’s moved to gigs that include This Hour has 22 Minutes and the Montreal Comedy Festival. Now he takes his first headlining tour across Canada, sharing the laughs. Also takes place on Monday.

Bachman & Turner play the type of music that always makes you want to turn up the volume when you hear it on classic rock stations. With an army of hits like “Let It Ride,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” “Takin’ Care of Business,” and “Roll On Down the Highway,” it’s no doubt that these guys will serve up quite a show.

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